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Classes & Ensembles

At SFCM, we encourage collaboration and conversation, sparking the artistic and intellectual engines that make learning worthwhile and engaging. Discover your talent and feed your mind through our Continuing Education classes!

A non-refundable $25 registration fee will be charged once per term.

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Continuing Education

Classes and Ensembles

 

Music Theory

 

 

Introduction to Music Theory (MUS101)

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Wednesdays from September 7 - November 16 (no class 11/2) (10 classes)

Location: Online
Cost: $350

 

Introduction to Music Theory will give students the tools to connect music theory concepts to the repertoire they love. This class will begin with a review of music notation; from there we will discuss scales, keys, harmonic tension and release, and short musical forms, with the ultimate aim of understanding how a composer’s technique connects to the communicative and emotional power of music. We will explore how the understanding of theory can enhance a musician’s creativity and interpretive abilities.

 

No prior music theory experience necessary!

 

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Apply Your Music Theory (MUS 201)

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 5:30 - 7 PM on Tuesdays from September 6 - November 8 (10 classes)
Location: Online

Cost: $350

 

Apply Your Music Theory is perfect for a student continuing studies, or perhaps wanting to brush up on work from years past. This analysis class will begin with a look at figured harmony and the cadential 6-4; from there we will do a deep dive into tonicization, modulation, and sequences. We will discuss how composers change keys, and suggest different keys in their music. Students will analyze select works from the classical music canon with the ultimate aim of understanding how a composer’s technique connects to the communicative and emotional power of music. We will explore how the understanding of theory can enhance a musician’s creativity and interpretive abilities.

 

Prior knowledge of music theory is recommended. The ability to read in treble and bass clefs, and a good working understanding of keys and scales will enhance a student’s enjoyment of this course. Please contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

 

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Voice-Leading Workshop (MUS302)

Instructor: Harry Whitney
Dates: 7:30 - 9:00 PM on Wednesdays from September 7 - November 16 (no class 11/2) (10 classes)

Location: Online
Cost: $350

 

This workshop is perfect for a student wanting to apply music theory knowledge. We will strengthen our perception of “common-practice” harmony — think Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven — by writing voice-leading exercises during class sessions. We will talk about harmonic function in music while studying triads and seventh chords, their inversions, figured bass, and how to harmonize melodies. Upon completing this course, students will have the tools to write harmony in four independent voices in the Classical style — an excellent foundation for composition studies.

 

Prior knowledge of music theory is recommended. The ability to read in treble and bass clefs, and a good working understanding of keys and scales will enhance a student’s enjoyment of this course. Please contact Harry Whitney at hwhitney@sfcm.edu to see if this class would be a good fit for you.

 

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Counterpoint: Canonic Technique (MUS303)

Instructor: Ericsson Hatfield
Dates: 6:30 - 8:00 PM on Thursdays from September 15 - November 17 (10 classes)

Location: Online
Cost: $350

 

Counterpoint is the technique governing much of the masterworks from the past five centuries — from Bach to Stravinsky, counterpoint plays a critical role in how composers write their works. Canonic technique is the principle process of counterpoint, and serves as an excellent introduction to procedures such as motivic imitation and fugue. Students are guided through how to write canons and given various techniques to solve problems they may encounter along the way. By writing canons, students glean deeper appreciation for the craft of composers as they are guided through analysis of various works from the repertoire. Students will be provided worksheets and led through in class exercises, followed by a presentation and discussion each class.

 

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Voice

 

Musical Theater Performance Workshop

Instructor: Krista Wigle
Dates: 7:30 - 9:00 PM on Wednesdays from September 14 - December 14 (no class 11/16 and 11/23) (12 classes)

Location: In-person at SFCM

Recital: Sunday, December 18th @ 5pm
Cost: $450

 

With a live pianist, you will work on improving your singing and performance skills in the art of Musical Theater.  We will work on vocal technique, acting and expression, stagecraft, character work, and musicality.  Students should be prepared to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more songs throughout the entire session.

 

An SFCM pianist will be available to accompany at all in-person classes. The series culminates in a live performance in the SFCM Recital Hall. Social distancing and safety measures for all rehearsals and performances will be carefully monitored.

 

This class is available only to amateurs and semi-professional students with singing experience.

 

Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

 

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Vocal Performance Workshop

Instructor: Krista Wigle
Dates: 6:00 - 7:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 14 - December 14 (no class 11/16 and 11/23) (12 classes)

Location: In-person at SFCM

Recital: Sunday, December 18th @ 2pm
Cost: $450

 

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive and positive atmosphere. We are offering online and in-person (vaccinations and masks required) classes. The emphasis is on opera and art song. We work on interpretation, language, technique, vocal science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form. Students should be prepared to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more songs throughout the entire session.

 

An SFCM pianist will be available to accompany at all in-person classes. The series culminates in a live performance in the SFCM Recital Hall. Social distancing and safety measures for all rehearsals and performances will be carefully monitored.

 

This class is available only to amateurs and semi-professional students with singing experience: at least 3 years of private lessons are required.

 

Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

 

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Vocal Performance Workshop Online

Instructor: Krista Wigle
Dates: 5:30 - 7:00 PM on Tuesdays from September 13 - December 13 (no class on 11/15 and 11/22) (12 classes)

Location: Online

Recital: Sunday, December 18th @ 2:00pm
Cost: $450

 

This class explores the many performance aspects of vocal music in a supportive and positive atmosphere. We are offering online and in-person (vaccinations and masks required) classes. The emphasis is on opera, art song, and musical theater, but other genres are welcome. We work on interpretation, language, technique, vocal science, drama, text, and many other aspects of this incredible art form. Students should be prepared to perform each class (memorization preferred) and can choose to work on one or more songs throughout the entire session.

 

An SFCM pianist will be available for two private sessions for accompaniment recordings and coachings. The series culminates in a recital at SFCM!

 

This class is available only to amateurs and semi-professional students with singing experience: at least 3 years of private lessons are required.

 

Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

 

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Piano

 

 

Beginning Piano: From Middle C to Mozart

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 7:30 - 9:00 PM on Thursdays from September 15 - November 17 (10 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $350

 

Learn to read music and to construct chords and major scales. Put it all together and you will be able to play simple pieces and melodies with added chords!

 

Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online classes.

 

Class limited to 8 students.

 

Required text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.1, by Stecher and Horowitz 

ISBN: 9780793552917

 

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Next Steps at the Piano

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6:00 - 7:30 PM on Thursdays from September 15 - November 17 (10 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $350

 

Continuing from Beginning Piano, add seventh chords (4-note chords) and minor scales to your repertoire, polish scales and rhythm, and choose your favorite pieces to play! There will be an informal performance at the final class.

 

Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online classes.

 

Class limited to 8 students.

 

Required text: Keyboard Strategies – Master Text, Vol.1, by Stecher and Horowitz

ISBN: 9780793552917

 

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Piano Repertory – Mondays

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6:00 - 7:30 PM on Mondays from September 12 - November 21 (no class on 10/10) (10 classes)
Location: Online
Cost: $350

 

Pianists will work on repertoire of their choice. Selection of piece should precede the

first class.

 

Classes 1 - 5 will be devoted to repertoire analysis and practice techniques.

Classes 6 - 7 will focus on performance preparation

Class 8 - Online Performance on November 7, 2022

Classes 9 - 10, study of new repertoire begins

 

It is helpful if pianists are familiar with major and minor keys, triads and seventh chords,

and key signatures. Students must have access to a personal keyboard or piano during online

classes. Limit 6 pianists.

 

Repertoire level: Bach Two-part Inventions, classical sonatinas, Chopin Waltzes etc

 

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Piano Repertory – Wednesdays

Instructor: Jacqueline Chew
Dates: 6:00 - 7:30 PM on Wednesdays from September 14 - November 16 (10 classes)
Location: In-Person at SFCM
Cost: $350

 

Pianists will work on repertoire of their choice. Selection of piece should precede the

first class.

 

Classes 1 - 5 will be devoted to repertoire analysis and practice techniques.

Classes 6 - 7 will focus on performance preparation

Class 8 - Performance in the Recital Hall on November 2, 2022

Classes 9 - 10, study of new repertoire begins

 

It is helpful if pianists are familiar with major and minor keys, triads and seventh chords,

and key signatures. Limit 6 pianists.

 

Repertoire level: Bach Two-part Inventions, classical sonatinas, Chopin Waltzes etc

 

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Guitar

 

Community Guitar Ensemble

Instructor: Scott Cmiel
Dates: 5:00 - 6:00 PM on Saturdays from September 17 - November 19 (10 classes)
Location: In-Person at SFCM
Cost: $300

 

Community Guitar Ensemble consists of guitarists interested in performing ensemble works in a wide range of musical styles from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Under the direction of Scott Cmiel, the guitar ensemble will prepare for a virtual performance at the end of the semester.

 

Each member will be assigned one of four parts and play together in a section with others playing the same part. We want players of all levels to be able to participate so while some members will play difficult music others will have their parts adjusted so they can play beautifully and with an expressive interpretation. Everyone is asked to learn their part before each meeting so during rehearsal we can work on the interpretation of each piece.

 

There is no need to be a virtuoso - good tone, good memory, and enthusiastic attitude are all that’s required.

 

If you have any questions about the orchestra please contact Scott Cmiel at scott.cmiel@sfcm.edu

 

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Cello

 

Cello Seminar

Instructor: Barbara Wirth
Dates: 3:00 - 4:30 PM every other Sunday from September 11 - December 4 (7 classes)
Location: Online and In-Person with piano accompaniment
Cost: $300

 

In this seminar, students will prepare solo works and some ensemble pieces. Each student will take a different movement and perform for each class in a supportive environment where we discuss preparation ideas

 

Students should be comfortable reading music in tenor and treble clefs and have some experience with thumb position.

 

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